5 Stocks Pushing The Real Estate Industry Downward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 71 points (-0.4%) at 16,411 as of Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,418 issues advancing vs. 1,488 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Real Estate industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Gazit-Globe ( GZT), down 3.5%, Retail Properties of American ( RPAI), down 2.0%, Prologis ( PLD), down 0.9% and Kimco Realty ( KIM), down 0.7%. Top gainers within the industry include Nationstar Mortgage Holdings ( NSM), up 2.2%, Digital Realty ( DLR), up 1.0%, Ventas ( VTR), up 0.9% and Health Care REIT ( HCN), up 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL) is one of the companies pushing the Real Estate industry lower today. As of noon trading, CBL & Associates Properties is down $0.76 (-4.2%) to $17.25 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.7 million shares of CBL & Associates Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.07-$17.73 after having opened the day at $17.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.01.

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. is a public real estate investment trust. It engages in acquisition, development, and management of properties. The fund invests in the real estate markets of United States. Its portfolio consists of enclosed malls and open-air centers. CBL & Associates Properties has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 34.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate CBL & Associates Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates CBL & Associates Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full CBL & Associates Properties Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Icahn ( IEP) is down $1.55 (-1.4%) to $113.38 on light volume. Thus far, 49,229 shares of Icahn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 423,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $113.38-$114.90 after having opened the day at $114.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $114.93.

Icahn Enterprises L.P. engages in the investment, automotive, gaming, railcar, food packaging, metals, real estate, and home fashion businesses in the United States and internationally. Its Investment segment provides investment advisory, and administrative and back office services. Icahn has a market cap of $12.9 billion and is part of the conglomerates sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Icahn a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Icahn as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Icahn Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Macerich Company ( MAC) is down $0.53 (-0.9%) to $58.47 on light volume. Thus far, 187,064 shares of Macerich Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 878,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.40-$59.21 after having opened the day at $59.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.00.

The Macerich Company is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. Macerich Company has a market cap of $8.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Macerich Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Macerich Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Macerich Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Realty Income Corporation ( O) is down $0.28 (-0.7%) to $38.49 on light volume. Thus far, 712,755 shares of Realty Income Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.43-$38.75 after having opened the day at $38.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.77.

Realty Income Corporation is a publicly traded real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The firm makes investments in commercial real estate. Realty Income Corporation was founded in 1969 and is based in Escondido, California. Realty Income Corporation has a market cap of $8.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 46.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Realty Income Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Realty Income Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Realty Income Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Growth Properties ( GGP) is down $0.11 (-0.5%) to $20.58 on light volume. Thus far, 2.1 million shares of General Growth Properties exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.53-$20.79 after having opened the day at $20.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.69.

General Growth Properties, Inc is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It engages in owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high-quality regional malls. General Growth Properties has a market cap of $18.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 136.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate General Growth Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Growth Properties as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year. Get the full General Growth Properties Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the real estate industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Real Estate ( IYR) while those bearish on the real estate industry could consider ProShares Short Real Estate Fund ( REK).

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